For the past couple months, there has been a lot of talk about the reshoots for DC Films’ Justice League. After Zack Snyder’s exit from post-production, Joss Whedon stepped in to write and direct new scenes for the movie. While reshoots happen with almost every big movie nowadays, Justice League‘s has been going on for a little longer than expected, mostly due to the cast’s busy schedules. And let’s not forget about the Super-Mustache ordeal.
Now, some actors have weighed in on the movie’s reshoots. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Batman star Ben Affleck admits that the switch from Snyder to Whedon was “a little bit unorthodox.” However, he says Whedon is the best person for this particular job, while Justice League is “…an interesting product of two directors, both with kind of unique visions, both with really strong takes. I’ve never had that experience before making a movie. I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we’ve done with Joss.”
Affleck also denies that the reshoots indicate any problems with Justice League, saying that every movie he’s done had undergone reshoots. He concludes by stating that DC Films is being perfected, and Justice League is a reflection of that. “This is a really nice time to work in DC. They’re hitting their stride. They’re getting it right. It’s starting to feel like it’s really working.”
Now, what exactly will the reshoots change in Justice League? We have an idea from actor Joe Morton, who plays Dr. Silas Stone, aka the father of Cyborg. In an interview with IGN, Morton confirms that he was part of the reshoots, and while he only shot “really small” bits, there were some tonal adjustments to Cyborg’s character…and the movie as a whole? “I know that with Ray [Fisher], the young man who plays Victor [Stone], there were some adjustments that they made in terms of the tone of that character. I think what I heard was that there was a need from the studio to lighten up the film in a way, that the film felt too dark. I don’t know what that meant in terms of how it actually got translated in terms of the reshoots, but that’s what I heard. That’s what I thought some of the reshoots were about.”
Morton also confirms that he is expected to return for the solo Cyborg movie. He then talks about Victor Stone’s characterization and fears. “Unlike the other members of the Justice League, Victor has no alias, he has no way of hiding behind another personality or some sort of mask in order to protect themselves. He is very much like Frankenstein[‘s Creature] again in that there’s no disguising who he is… Even if you have something that you can contribute to society, very often society doesn’t view you that way. Because when you are The Other, the first response by the mainstream, if you will, is to ostracize. So I think that’s what Victor’s fears are. He has to figure out how to overcome before he then eventually becomes benevolent and understands that the powers that he has can be used for great good.”
Ultimately, when it comes to the Justice League reshoots, we just have to wait and see how they impact the actual quality of the movie. Hopefully, they will help make this film great. Stay tuned for more as we have it.
Justice League is scheduled to hit theaters November 17th. The fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, and J.K. Simmons. Zack Snyder directs from a script by Chris Terrio.